Gage Garmo's dying wish was to meet his favourite artist
Gage Garmo, the teenage fan suffering from cancer that Eminem met last week, has died.
Garmo, who suffered from Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, reportedly died the day after meeting the rapper at his home in Detroit. Friends and family of the teenager campaigned for Eminem to visit after Garmo was given just weeks to live by doctors.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Garmo died on Monday (January 12), a few days short of turning 18.
Friends of the Garmo family have told the newspaper about Eminem’s visit, saying that he brought happiness to the teenager. “Gage sat up with a grin on his face,” Ingrid Todt, who was present at the meeting, told the newspaper. “His family hadn’t seen their son do that in such a long time.”
Eminem’s visit was aided by the Rainbow Connection, a charity that works to fulfill wishes of Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses.
“We’re so glad we were able to reach Eminem’s people and they were able to respond, and Eminem was able on such short notice to go and see this boy in his own home,” Mary Grace McCarter, executive director of the charity said. “It says something about everybody, really. I hope all the students and friends of Gage feel good about their well-wishes too.”
The moment of charity from Eminem follows a number of more negative incidents for the rapper, including Charli XCX labelling him ‘disgusting’ with regards to a track in which the rapper threatened Iggy Azalea with rape.